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If it’s a weekend in Detroit, there must be a festival or two — or more — to check out. This weekend’s notable offerings include:

The Michigan ’50s Festival continues with two more nights of music this weekend — Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone play at 8 p.m. Friday (July 27th), while Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon and Danny & the Juniors perform at 8 p.m. Saturday (July 28th). Rocky and the Rollers open both nights, and there’s a $10 charge for each show. A carnival, petting farm and pony rides run throughout the weekend, while the annual bike parade takes place noon Saturday, with a free ice cream social following from 1-4 p.m. Call (248) 349-1950 or visit www.michigan50sfestival.org.

The Fourth Fridays series at Detroit’s Campus Martius Park in Detroit takes on international flavor Friday (July 27th) with a World Beat Jam Fest that features reggae/pop star Maxi Priest and Brazilian pop singer Lola Morales. Detroit’s Black Bottom Collective also is part of the bill. The music starts at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free. Call (313) 962-0101 or visit www. campusmartiuspark.org.

The St. Clair River Classic Offshore Boat Races will be accompanied by the St. Clair Riverfest, which runs Friday (July 27th) through Sunday (July 29th) in St. Clair County’s Palmer Park. The Riverfest features a carnival as well as a concert series headlined by local favorites Uncle Kracker Friday and the Romantics on Saturday, with the country duo Bomshel playing Sunday. Local singer-songwriter Matt Austin’s 6:30 p.m. Saturday set will celebrate his wedding that morning. Visit www. stclairriverfest.com.

Bob-Lo Island will be alive with the sound of music on Saturday (July 28th) when it hosts the first annual Bob-Lo Island JazzFest. Chuck Mangione headlines the show, going on at 7 p.m. He’ll be preceded by Alexander Zonjic and the Motor City Horns (5:15 p.m.), the Johnny Trudell Big Band featuring Mark Randisi (3:30 p.m.) and Jesse Palter (2 p.m.). Admission is $40 for VIP seating and $30 general admission; the ticket price includes transportation on the Amherstburg ferry. Call (877) 222-2126 or visit www. boblojazz.ca.

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